SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
The India-Pakistan row over Kashmir shouldn’t hold up Chinese projects in the region as the territorial issue doesn’t relate to China, according to a leading Chinese expert on world affairs who believes New Delhi and Islamabad should resolve the problem instead of dragging Beijing into it.
China needs to have access to ports such as Gwadar in Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to move its huge shipments of cargo to other parts of the world, said Wang Zhan, a deputy to the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s Parliament, and president of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Continue reading
On the occasion of Pakistan Day, President Mamnoon Hussain said in his address that Islamabad is ready for dialogue with India over the Kashmir issue.
“We are ready for dialogue with India and want to resolve the issue of incomplete agenda of the division of the subcontinent, in accordance with the UN resolutions on Kashmir,” the Dawn quoted the President as saying at the celebration ceremony marked by military parade in the capital. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE WIRE
India will once again support a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution that gives Sri Lanka another two years to address war crimes that were committed during the country’s decade-long civil war. However, India steered clear of feelers from the West to co-sponsor the resolution.
The draft resolution is expected to be taken up before the 34th session of UNHRC which is scheduled to conclude on March 24. Just like in October 2015, Sri Lanka will co-sponsor the resolution, along with the UK, Macedonia and Montenegro – essentially resulting in a roll over of the obligations spelled out in the October 2015 resolution. Continue reading
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is working on systems to forecast the natural disasters that could be used as input by States/disaster management agencies.
They are carrying out studies to facilitate the best use of the satellite-derived information to develop methodologies for forecasting the natural disasters.
Some of such methodologies developed include: Continue reading
NEW DELHI India is exploring setting up a new payments mechanism for trade with Iran, after its old sanctions workaround broke down, as state banks remain fearful of handling payments from Tehran in case the United States imposes a fresh financial embargo.U.S. President Donald Trump has denounced an agreement between Iran and major powers on its nuclear programme as a bad deal, and his administration has put Tehran “on notice” after the test-firing of a ballistic missile.
Under previous Western sanctions, India had devised a barter-like scheme acceptable to Washington that allowed it to make some oil payments to Tehran in rupees through a small state bank, UCO Bank.Indian companies were then able to receive payments for goods exported to Iran using the oil money held in non-convertible rupee balances at UCO, maintaining a trade lifeline between two countries with long historical ties. Continue reading
India today clearly put the onus on Pakistan for resumption of dialogue, asserting that it should commit to end the state-sponsored terrorism. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also said in the Rajya Sabha that the government was ready to talk to all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir to normalise the situation there.
“Pakistan should at least make a beginning and say it is willing to talk and end the terrorist activities and seek the support of any country in the world (in ending terrorism). Pakistan should take an initiative,” he said. Singh was responding to questions by members as to why talks are not being held with Pakistan. Continue reading
Condemning the recent terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India stands with the United Kingdom in the fight against terrorism.
Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the terror attack in London. Our thoughts & prayers are with the victims and their families.”
“At this difficult moment, India stands with UK in the fight against terrorism,” he said in another tweet. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
The Indian Army has a budget of ?2,000 crore for fresh procurements, according to Maj Gen Sanjeev Khanna, Commander, Base Workshop Group.
Speaking at the CII-Indian Army organised RAMICOM South 2017 (Regional Annual MGO Industry Cooperation Meet), Khanna said, “The army’s budget for the next financial year (2017-18) is about ?1.5 lakh crore, out of which ?25,000 crore is capital expenditure and ?20,000 crore is for modernisation. Out of it, about ?18,000 crore is for big ticket expenditures and about ?2,000 crore is available for fresh procurements.” Continue reading
The St. Petersburg-based Severnoye Design Bureau is ready to integrate the BrahMos strike missile system into the armament set of Project 11356M frigates for the Indian Navy after they are ordered by India, Severnoye Deputy CEO and Chief Designer for Special Hardware Vyacheslav Senchurov told TASS on Wednesday.
“No problems will emerge with the integration of the BrahMos strike missile complex into the frigate. We have already integrated this system earlier into the other three Project 11356 frigates acquired by the Indian Navy,” Senchurov said at the LIMA-2017 international maritime and aerospace show in Malaysia. Continue reading
SOURCE: Anantha Krishnan M / Mathrubhumi
The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) will have a new boss on April 1, 2017. Cmde Cadaba Devnath Balaji (Retd), who took over as the Director on July 3, 2015 will superannuate on March 31, at the age of 60 years.
An official with DRDO Bhawan in Delhi told Mathrubhumi on Wednesday that Cmde Balaji (Retd) wrote to them in December 2016 itself about the succession plan he had put in place at ADA. However, DRDO seems to have overlooked that plan now and instead constituted a Search Committee to pick up the next ADA boss. Continue reading
The Indian Air Force will continue to operate assault choppers and will not transfer its assets to the Army that is also raising a fleet of attack helicopters, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa has said.
He added that the IAF was looking forward to inducting the Apache attack helicopter, which he described as one of the best in the world, and would continue to support the Army during operational needs. Continue reading
India is considering whether to pay for repairs to grounded helicopters and transport planes from Afghanistan’s air force, signalling a willingness to step up military assistance for Kabul that has irked Pakistan in the past.
India estimates it would cost close to $50 million for new parts and repairs to 11 grounded Soviet-made Mi-35 helicopters and seven transport aircraft, after sending a team of experts to assess the Afghan air force’s needs last year, the Indian ambassador to Kabul told Reuters. Continue reading
Despite signing a long-term agreement with Russia for the supply of spare parts and the rendering of technical assistance for five years for India’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI aircraft, the fleet continues to face maintenance problems and a lack of spare parts.
T. Suvarna Raju, chairman of state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, signed an agreement with Yuri Slyusar, president of United Aircraft Corporation, and Alexander Artyukhov, director general of United Engine Corporation, in the presence of Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov. The deal took place here on March 17 during an India-Russia military industrial conference. Continue reading
The first major hurdle to “Make in India” in defence manufacturing appears to be coming from an old friend, that is, Russia. In October 2016, India and Russia agreed to jointly manufacture Kamov-226T multi-utility helicopters in India for the three services. The agreement was presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of the Russian Federation Valdimir Putin. It was the first major defence venture under the Modi government’s “Make in India” programme. But there has been no progress since.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation Asia’s longest bi-directional road tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on April 2, which will cut down travel time between the two by two hours. The Rs 2,519-crore all-weather tunnel is equipped with world-class safety features and has been built in a record four years on the hilly terrain of Jammu and Kashmir, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said at a press meet here. “This state-of-the-art 10.89-km tunnel between Udhampur and Ramban in Jammu and Kashmir, an engineering marvel on the most difficult terrain of the Himalayas, was built in a record four years,” the minister said.
Gadkari was accompanied by Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh, a parliamentarian from Jammu. “The project will result in a saving of Rs 27 lakh per day based on traffic estimates and would cut the travel distance between Jammu and Sringar by 41 km,” Gadkari said. Continue reading